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Standard 5
Students will understand the physical characteristics of Utah's wetlands, forests, and deserts and identify common organisms for each environment.
Objective 3
Use a simple scheme to classify Utah plants and animals.
  • Amiable Amphibians
    Students will learn about classifying Utah animals - specifically amphibians.
  • Classifying Conundrum
    Students will identify plant characteristics from different environments and be able to communicate that information in different ways.
  • Classifying Kids
    An activity which asks student to classify each other helps students to understand how Utah's plants and animals are classified.
  • Classifying Objects
    Sets of animal cards are used to help students practice using a type of classification system.
  • Keys and Classifying
    This activity asks students to sort and classify an assortment of objects helping them to understand the concept as it applies to classifying Utah plants and animals.
  • NHMU: Bird Watching 101
    Students will learn the basics of bird watching, finding and interpreting bird clues and attracting birds to a particular location or habitat.
  • NHMU: Birds Will Be Birds
    Students will analyze the physical characteristics of 12 different birds and consider how this enables them to survive in their individual habitats. They will then expand on this knowledge by applying it to other species not covered in the handout.
  • NHMU: Classified Information
    In this activity students learn to classify objects based on their attributes.
  • NHMU: Insect Family Tree
    Students will identify and match insects on the Insect Family Tree.
  • NHMU: Living Food Web
    Students will be able to name some plants and animals that live in Utah’s desert, forest or wetland ecosystems. They will also describe the interdependence of the organisms in a food web.
  • NHMU: This is Your Rock, This is My Rock
    Students will learn to recognize a variety of rocks and minerals found in Utah as well as their identifying characteristics.
  • TRB 4:5 - Investigation 4 - Wetland Adaptation
    Students will understand the impact of the wetland environment on the migration of birds.
  • TRB 4:5 - Investigation 7 - Classification Schemes
    Students will place organisms into the correct classification and justify their reasoning.
  • TRB 4:5 - Investigation 8 -Classify UT Plants & Animals
    Students will practice using 2 different plant classification keys to identify species.
  • Why Do You Classify This?
    In this lesson plan students will get to group pictures of animals into similar groups and defend their reasons. The process should mirror how they have been classifying objects previously.
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  • Classification 2: A Touch of Class
    This Science NetLinks lesson, the second of a two-part series on classification, extends the investigation of living organisms carried out in the first lesson by exposing students to the idea that a variety of plants and animals can be classified into one or more groups based on the various characteristics of a specific group. This lesson gives students the opportunity to look at and discuss different classification schemes.
  • Classification Scheme
    In this Science NetLinks lesson students learn that many kinds of living things can be sorted into groups in many ways using various features, and that classification schemes vary with purpose. Students begin the lesson by sorting buttons, then move on to a more complicated sorting exercise using animal cards. Students sort the cards multiple times using a variety of criteria.

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